A Divine Appointment

Israeli Sycamore Tree

Israeli Sycamore Tree

Luke 19:1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Let’s ask some questions.

  • What was it in Zacchaeus’ heart that gave him such drive to see Jesus?
  • Out of everyone in the crowd, why did Jesus pick Zacchaeus?
  • Not forgetting that Jesus knows everything, but how did He know Zacchaeus’ name?
  • Why was it so important that Jesus felt that He had to stay at Zacchaeus’ house?

Just with these four questions I can not help but to believe that there was a divine appointment. Yes, we can argue that everything that Jesus did and everyone he met was a divine appointment. Without a doubt, this was no accident.

How important are divine appointments? I am going to say that a divine appointment with God is so important that the tree itself was not there by accident. I believe that 30, 60 or 100 years earlier that God took special care as to make sure that this tree grew to maturity. It had a purpose. The meeting that Jesus had with Zacchaeus was so important that the preparation took decades to prepare for.

If that was true for Zacchaeus, ask yourself if your meeting with God was by accident or did years go in to staging it with anticipation of your meeting.

I believe that someone could write a story about this tree and all that it went through to make sure that it was ready for that day. The times it could have been cut down. The times that drought could have challenged it. The boys that played on it. Could this have been a tree that Zacchaeus himself played on as a boy, not knowing what destiny lay ahead of him?

Meeting with God is not accident.


6 Responses

  1. I’ve always loved this story. I once heard an Evangelist preach on this in such a way that made Zacchaeus was special, despite the fact he was so short. It was quite effective, as it made me feel special also.

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